According to the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the Metal Element of Autumn. This is the season of cleansing and harvest–harvesting crops, garden produce, and ideas. Now we evaluate the seeds we planted in the spring to...
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As May draws near, can you feel the energetic shift in the atmosphere? Those of us in the Northern hemisphere point our faces in the direction of the sun as we step outside. We pause. We smile as we feel warmth and light bathe our skin. As we unbutton our coats and...
I am an advocate for eating foods that naturally grow in the current season. I am also an advocate of eating locally grown foods where possible. This can limit one’s diet, though, living in the boreal forest! So. . . while aspen bark and rose hips may be very...
This post is from a few year's back, but it's worth recycling! Especially in this season of spring when our liver energy is high and green foods such as kale are good support. Consider this recipe a special gift from me to you! I first tried this salad while visiting...
I haven’t been writing lately. I am not sure why. My last post in June was about a retreat I attended at Hollyhock. Here I am in November, and I find myself in another retreat. This one is different. As I mentioned in June, according to Wikipedia, a retreat is...
Pumpkin Pies Warning! This is not some holistic nutritionist’s attempt at making pumpkin pie healthy by substituting the fat for apple sauce and the sugar for stevia; this is the real deal! This is a rare treat in my house, but oh-so-savoured! Enjoy! This recipe is...
I am still dealing with my bumper pumpkin crop. I have given dozens away, driving around with them rolling around in the back of my car, encouraging others to roast, cook, carve, and decorate! It's funny how such a crop can seem like a burden....I refuse to waste...
Fall is upon us! This time of year I scramble, trying to use up my precious garden veggies. In the boreal forest, where I proudly pitch my fork, at this time of year (or any time, really) there could be a sudden frost. As the calendar moves further into September,...
Potatoes. They are a high-glycemic and inflammation-producing nightshade. So, what are you to eat in the summer when the new potatoes are ready? And right beside them, the dill and the sugar-snap peas? This is right about the time of year when the world seems poised...
This is a great-tasting, healthier, and lower-fat version of guacamole. I brought this appetizer to a friend’s house this weekend and everyone wanted the recipe! The broccoli beefs up the vitamin quotient while the edamame beans increase the protein, making this a...
Not-so-pretty but pretty-good-tasting bean dip I have been reading about those sprouted beans lately, so recently bought a big bag of them. I purchased them at Costco: you know, the big store where you shop with big carts, buy big things in big amounts, stand in big...
Perfect Parfait This is great as a meal, snack, or dessert! 2 c. plain yogurt 1-2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 2 medium fruits. Apples are great for a ‘crunch’; cantaloupe, pomegranate, nectarines, and peaches are also good. 1 c. sweetened coconut, lightly toasted...
Carrot Soup with Ginger (This is excellent!) Click here for a Printable version of this recipe. 2 Tbsp. butter 1 ½ c. chopped onion 1 Tbsp. finely chopped ginger 2 cloves minced garlic 3 c. chopped carrots 2 tomatoes, chopped (about 1 1/3 cups) ½ tsp. grated lemon...